Hard Drive Questions For Mac Pro 1,1

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  1. waxstax, Oct 13, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013

    waxstax macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2013
    Hi all, thanks for checking out my post, any help is greatly appreciated

    I'm looking to install a new hard drive in my 2.66GHz Xeon (Dual-core 5150) MacPro1,1 Model #:A1186 so I was wondering if anyone can verify for me, preferably with firsthand experience, if either of these models of hard drive will work for my version of mac pro or if there is a different model 7200 3t that is in the same price range that is more reliable, just want to be sure which one is better and that it wiil work before I buy one




    also once it's installed is there anything in particular I will have to do to to make it work, just format in disk utility right?
  2. MacinJosh, Oct 13, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013

    MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2006
    I'm sure they will work. I can't see any reason for them not to. I'm running WD 3TB Green. I'd recommend it heartily as it's my 4th Green drive and all still in *heavy* use after many years. Meanwhile, all my Seagates and Toshibas are dead. In fact, I have 3 dead Seagates in my office at this very moment.

    But you're after 7200 drives. WD Green is 5400. I don't need 7200 drives as my SSD takes care of the speed. My big drives are for storage and content serving between 2 Apple TVs and several iOS devices. No performance issues there. There are 7200 drives from WD but much more expensive. But I can tell you from years and years of computer work that I've never had a WD fail on me. Someone will give an opposite story.

    Currently, I have in my MP:
    SSD for boot (Intel 320, 120GB)
    3TB WD Green for iTunes
    2TB WD Green for downloads and storage and backup
    The original 500GB WD Green from 2006 as my Chameleon boot (in EFI partition) and mirroring 120GB SSD plus OSX installation partition.

    Then my original TC with WD 500GB green still chugging along nicely.

    Edit: Yeah, slap the drive in, format Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
  3. waxstax thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2013
    I found this 3t 7200 greenpower western digital for about the same price as the toshiba on ebay is that the same drive as your talking about?
  4. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
  5. MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2006
    Not sure. Haven't heard of Greenpower WD. They're consumer lineup is:

    Blue: I guess this is to cater older machines as it tops at 1GB and offers PATA drives as well.
    Green: Slower, energy efficient drives meant for storage and external enclosures
    Red: NAS/RAID application
    Black: 7200rpm performance drives

    Yeah, everyone has they're own experiences. My WD experience has been flawless. Worst without a doubt; Fujitsu, then DeathStar, then Seagate

    Maxtor was another faithful. God there were so many manufacturers in the 90's. Quantum was my favourite SCSI...
  6. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
    Ahh names from the past. I liked Quantum also, they were my drive of choice 'till they went away. My very first HDD was a 100MB (not GB, but MB) Conner. That drive cost my $800.00, and I thought I had the world:cool:

  7. Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    I guess HD users have varied experiences with various brands. I am using both WD and Seagate and both have been working fine. I had one Maxtor that died but to others this has worked fine.
  8. Saltymac macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2013
    Rocky Mt State
    A drive with SATA connection and a large form factor 3 1/2 will work in our 1,1 so either drive will work. They will not work at SATA 6. There are only 3 hdd makers left in the market. WD, Seagate and Toshiba. I have used Seagate and WD drives for years and have had good luck with both. Occasionally a bad model from any drive maker can be released but with today's inet sites users find out about them right away and avoid, Unfortunately we have listen to "one drive Harry" harrang about the bad xxxxx drive he bought in 1995 that did not work and he will never buy one from them again. Look at warranty and price and go from there. Remember all drives fail - the bigger they are and the more you have on them the more you lose. Make sure your time machine drive is sized to get all your backup.
  9. Knara macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2010
    At least for my part, the Hitachi/IBM drives worked pretty good post-DeathStar.
  10. crjackson2134 macrumors 68040


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    The only drives I had consistent problems with were Maxtors. I've had a Quantum Fireball die on me, but only one.
  11. chomomo macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have a green WD 1.5TB on my mac pro 1.1 that I use for OSX and another WD 250GB 7200 for bootcamp. I've had this setup for about 2 years now. I've done various OS install on the 250GB ( XP, Linux, Win 7-8) over the years on this hard drive. It used to belong to my old gaming computer ~5year old drive. Never had any issues. I've only owned the green for a 2years or so, I got the Mac Pro 1.1 from work without any drives so put the WD green in the mac. I've never had any problems with any hard drives** from WD, 2 maxtors, and a Seagate USB that I use for back up.

    **knocking on wood

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